Report on a Regional Consultation on Land Reform

June 2001
Martin Adams (Mokoro)

Report on a Southern African consultation of donors and civil society organisations held in Benoni on 3 May 2001. Its purpose was to review progress with land reform and what donors might do in its absence. Traces current developments in the region. Argues that donors should not walk away when things turn sour, that land reform is a long-term iterative process, needing the involvement of many stakeholders. Unequal ownership of land is an increasing threat to political stability. Strengthening civil society during periods of government inaction is of value for what follows. Includes a problem analysis, analysis of donor support, rationale and principles of regional support for land reform, proposal for a regional land reform fund, proposed follow up, list of participants, appendix on the SADC Food Security and Rural Development Hub.